MADISON, Wis. — A Dane County judge has tossed out the 30-year-old rape convictions of a former Wisconsin Rapids man.

Reserve Judge Daniel Moeser on Friday ordered a new trial for Richard Beranek, 58. Beranek was convicted in 1990 for the 1987 rape of a rural Stoughton woman.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2s6laCr ) the judge found issues with hair evidence used to convict Beranek.

Moeser wrote that an FBI agent who testified as an expert witness did so in a way that would lead the jury to conclude Beranek’s hair was a statistically closer match to a hair from the crime scene than was possible with the science of the time.

The New York and Wisconsin Innocence Projects have pursued the case for Beranek.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj